Historiography

2013
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Lepore, Jill. 2013. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. New York: Knopf.Abstract

A Finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction

From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve. Benjamin Franklin, who wrote more letters to his sister than he wrote to anyone else, was the original American self-made man; his sister spent her life caring for her children. They left very different traces behind. Making use of an amazing cache of little- studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one woman but an entire world—a world usually lost to history. Lepore’s life of Jane Franklin, with its strikingly original vantage on her remarkable brother, is at once a wholly different account of the founding of the United States and one of the great untold stories of American history and letters: a life unknown.

2012
Lepore, Jill. 2012. “Battleground America: One Nation, Under the Gun.” The New Yorker, April 23, 2012. Article
2011
Lepore, J. 2011. “How Longfellow Woke the Dead.” The American Scholar 81: 2-15. Article
2010
Lepore, J. 2010. “Tea and Sympathy: Who owns the American Revolution?” The New Yorker. Article
Lepore, J. 2010. “His Highness: George Washington scales new heights.” The New Yorker. Article Bibliography
Lepore, J. 2010. “The Uprooted: Chronicling the Great Migration.” The New Yorker. Article Bibliography
2007
Lepore, J. 2007. “"Vast Designs: How America came of age".” The New Yorker. Article Bibliography
Lepore, J, M Kramer, and W Call. 2007. ““The Historian as Writer".” Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer’s Guide. New York: Plume.
Lepore, J. 2007. “"Our Town: Four centuries on, the battles over John Smith and Jamestown still rage".” The New Yorker.
Lepore, J. 2007. “"Party Time: Smear tactics, skulduggery, and the début of American democracy".” The New Yorker. Article

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